Stingray Sting Facts
- Stingrays have flat bodies with long, slender tails that have serrated spines, which contain venom.
- Their serrated spines can cause lacerations (cuts) and puncture wounds.
- Stingrays are widely distributed in tropical to temperate waters.
- They are not aggressive, so an injury from a stingray usually occurs when a swimmer or diver unexpectedly steps on one.
- Stingray stings are one of the most common dive and beach-related injuries.
Stingray Sting Symptoms
- The person feels immediate, sharp, excruciating pain that peaks in 1-2 hours.
- The wound bleeds.
- The wounded area may become swollen and may turn blue or red.
- Lymph nodes may become swollen.
- Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, muscle cramps, tremors, paralysis, fainting, seizures, elevated heart rate, and decreased blood pressure may develop. Death may even occur.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2016
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
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